JUST IN: Chick-fil-A confirms plans, offers details for its 9th Dayton-area restaurant

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Former Osaka Japanese Steakhouse in Huber Heights would be a new chicken restaurant pending approval of zoning change.

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Spokeswoman says chain is ‘excited by the prospect of joining this thriving neighborhood’ of Huber Heights

Chick-fil-A officials caution that they are still “early in the process” of developing their ninth Dayton-area restaurant that will create 100 new jobs for the region.

But a spokeswoman for Chick-fil-A Inc. said the company “is happy to share that we are actively pursuing a new location in Huber Heights” and is “excited by the prospect of joining this vibrant neighborhood.”

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“We hope to have the opportunity to serve new guests delicious food in an environment of genuine hospitality,” the spokeswoman said.

Earlier this week, in a Facebook post, Huber Heights Mayor Jeff Gore told residents that Chick-fil-A had submitted plans for a new restaurant as part of a request for a zoning change for the space that previously housed Osaka Japanese Steakhouse at 8120 Old Troy Pike.

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“Rumors have been flying high ... (and) the rumors are true,” Gore said. “Chick-fil-A is coming to Huber Heights,” pending approval of that zoning change by the city’s planning commission and city council.

Chick-fil-A is in the process of selecting the franchise owner/operator of the potential new restaurant, according to Marla Davis, who is the franchise owner-operator of two other Dayton-area Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Cornerstone of Centerville and on State Route 725 in Washington Twp.

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“The process starts with allowing current franchisees to apply and go through a rigorous review of requirements to see if they qualify,” said Davis, who did not apply to be the franchisee of the new store.

Chick-fil-A operates free-standing restaurants in Vandalia, Troy, Kettering, Beavercreek, Washington Twp., and Centerville. It also has smaller operations in the Mall at Fairfield Commons and the Dayton Mall.

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Chick-fil-A’s submission of plans for the Old Troy Pike location comes less than two months after Huber Heights City Council approved plans for new Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and Starbucks restaurants three blocks away, in the 7800 block of Old Troy Pike.

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While that announcement was generally well-received by local residents who commented on Facebook, several voiced concerns about adding traffic to an already suggested area near the State Route 202/I-70 interchange.

“Traffic is going to be a nightmare,” one commenter said.

In his Chick-fil-A announcement, Mayor Gore acknowledged, “We know there will be people worried about traffic — we understand that.”

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Residents of the northern Montgomery County suburbs also have expressed frustration that restaurant and retail site-selection specialists often overlook their area as restaurant chains new to the region flock to sites in and around Cornerstone of Centerville, the Mall at Fairfield Commons and Austin Landing.

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“We’ve got lots of great things happening in Huber Heights,” Gore said in his social-media announcement.